BME, Indiana University; MME, Silver Lake College; PhD, Northwestern University
Dr. Donna Gallo is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she teaches courses in elementary general music, curriculum, teaching students with exceptionalities, quantitative research designs in music, and teaching young singers. Her research interests include analyses of secondary data to determine music teacher outcomes such as professional development quality and attrition/retention in the field, intersections of inservice and preservice teacher learning and culturally responsive teaching, and critical service learning in preservice teacher education. Gallo’s research has been published in Music Education Research, Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.
Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Gallo was on faculty at Westminster Choir College where she also coordinated the Kodály Certification program. As a public school educator, she taught K-6 general/choral music in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) and in Simsbury Public Schools (CT). She received her Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Silver Lake College (MME), Indiana University (BME), and the Kodály Institute in Kesckemét, Hungary where she was awarded the International Kodály Society Scholarship. She has presented research and practitioner sessions at numerous national and international conferences, and also served as an editor for the AOSA Echo (2012-2016).